Presentation Diary Thurles



Congratulations to Transition Year student Lia Grogan who ranked 46th out of 99 in the All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad final which took place on March 20th at Dublin City University. This was Lia’s second year to participate in and qualify for the final. Well done Lia.


1500 entries were received for this prestigious cookery competition which was launched at the Home Economics Conference in Athlone in October. Ciara Mockler TY entered this competition with her “chocolate dog” and was short listed for the final eight. On Wednesday 20th March Ciara took part in the ‘bake-off’ at the Baking Academy in Dublin and following lunch at Carton House Ciara was presented with 2nd Prize- a laptop and 1000 euro worth of prizes.


Following a very successful bake sale on Tuesday 12th March , the 5th year home economics teachers Mrs Fiona Mulcahy , Mrs Frieda Dunne and Mrs Maura Carroll celebrated World Home Economics day (Thursday 21st of March) with 50 of their senior students at Mitchell House. The students thoroughly enjoyed their three course meal. Also joining the senior students on the night were 6 German exchange students. To celebrate World Home Economics Day the home economics teachers along with ten of their TY students attended a wonderful Easter cookery evening hosted by Jacqueline Lanigan Ryan at the Horse and Jockey Hotel. It was a delightful evening and was thoroughly enjoyed by the students and teachers.


On Wednesday April 10th, TY and 5th Year students at were presented with a talk on mental health. Una Hogan from Aware led the talk in a very concise and clear manner, relating well to the students. The talk was aimed at equipping Senior Cycle students with the knowledge and ability to deal effectively with their feelings, thoughts and beliefs. The programme focused particularly on helpful actions which students can take to deal with any issues or stresses they may be experiencing. The talk also informed students of the nature of depression so that they can recognise if they or someone they know needs support in coping with it. Overall the students learned a great deal from the talk and are now more aware of the importance of looking after their mental health.


This week the Transition Year group attended a workshop with SOAR. SOAR is an independent national youth outreach movement built on an early intervention preventative model focused on the peer to peer delivery of critical life-skills. SOAR’s mission is to empower all young people to thrive, to believe in themselves and fulfil their true potential. SOAR was established by Tony Griffin, a former Clare hurler and Karl Swan a Dublin businessman and it is modelled on the Jim Stynes Reach program based in Australia. Transition Year workshops focus on young people at a significant transitional stage in their lives. The workshops are half day workshops focusing on increasing self -awareness, direction, self-belief, empathy, peer respect, leadership and recognising their core strengths and passions. This workshop was very worthwhile and the feedback was very positive from our students.


Our Bavarian exchange students arrived into Ireland on Wednesday March 20th. Our exchange programme with Ignaz Günther Gymnasium in Rosenheim, South Bavaria is now in its’ 14th year. This year fourteen Bavarian girls spent two weeks with their Irish host partners, students from 5th Year. They attended school for two days with their partners. The Bavarians sang for the Presentation Sisters in the Convent, after which they chatted to the Sisters while enjoying tea and buns! A favourite on their schedule was their annual attendance at Thurles Musical Society’s performance, and we thank TMS most sincerely for accommodating the exchange girls every year. During the Easter holidays the Rosenheim girls, their partners and Irish teachers in charge of this year’s exchange met up again. One day consisted of guided tours of the Rock of Cashel, Mitchelstown Caves and Holycross Abbey. A brisk walk from the Swiss Cottage into Cahir along by the river-bank was followed by copious amounts of hot chocolate. The day was finished off by fine-dining at Parker’s restaurant in Holycross. A second day brought us west to Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch. This year there were no brave souls to take a dip in the freezing Atlantic waters! The German girls returned to Rosenheim on April 2nd and their Irish partners will travel to Rosenheim for two weeks on July 16th.